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    WHEREAS, A strong sense of community is essential to a successful school district and successful students;

     
    WHEREAS, The Board of Education of the Olentangy Local School District recognizes that a district of 95 square miles faces a great challenge when working to promote a strong sense of community;

     
    WHEREAS, The Board believes that all children deserve the same educational opportunities;

     
    WHEREAS, The Board believes that the district is more than political, governmental, or geographical boundaries and directional lines on a map;

     
    WHEREAS, The Board believes that a common district-wide Olentangy School experience would bond our expansive district and foster a strong sense of community;

     
    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Board of Education of the Olentangy Local School District commits to ensuring that the sense of the Olentangy community will be strengthened and secured. To achieve this end, the Board will strive to assure that, as often as possible, students are assigned to buildings based on the following principles:

     
    For All Building Levels:
    Each building should be optimally utilized.

     
    Once determined, after consideration of projected enrollment, attendance areas should remain intact, except to adjust for unexpectedly disparate student populations; distribute programs among schools to optimally utilize facilities; or for the opening of additional buildings.

     
    Safety, convenience and efficiency of transportation, as well as student travel times and current population patterns, should be considered in assigning students buildings.

     
    Alignment of elementary, middle and high school attendance areas should be a factor in establishing attendance areas as much as possible.

     
    RESOLVED, The Board will strive to locate future school sites that support the preceding principles.

     
    RESOLVED, The Board instructs the superintendent of schools of the Olentangy Local School District to adopt plans, procedures, rules and regulations that support the above principles.

     
    [Revised Policy Adoption Date: September 29, 2015]